Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The National Christmas Tree
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Cut trees served as National Christmas Trees until 1973. It was then decided to plant a permanent live tree. The current National Christmas Tree, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was transplanted from York, Pennsylvania, in October 1978. Since President Coolidge began the tradition in 1923, each presidential administration has participated in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
President Coolidge lights the first National Christmas Tree in 1923.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree ceremony on Christmas Eve, 1941. The Oriental spruce, shown above in the color photograph,
The National Christmas Tree decorated (above) in 1996. The Colorado blue spruce was transplanted (right) to the Ellipse in 1978.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic Trees marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 53.704′ N, 77° 2.174′ W. Marker was in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker was on E Street Northwest west of 15th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling west. Marker is accessible to pedestrians just south of the White House. It is off the sidewalk on the south side of E Street Northwest — at the north edge of the Ellipse in President’s Park. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1600 E Street Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named The National Christmas Tree (here, next to this marker); Zero Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); White House Kitchen Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); South Side (about 400 feet away, measured White House Ablaze (about 600 feet away); William Tecumseh Sherman (about 600 feet away); Boy Scout Memorial (about 700 feet away); Original Patentees Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . . U.S. National Christmas Tree Blown Down by Heavy Winds. (Submitted on April 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,751 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on February 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on December 8, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 5. submitted on December 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6, 7. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8, 9. submitted on December 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 10, 11. submitted on December 8, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.